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CeBIT 2002: Day 3 / Part 3


Not many keyboards were shown off, but there were some samples that attracted my attention.

Most of all I liked Chicony solutions. The company demonstrated all kinds of keyboards: wireless, supporting a SIM card reader, with fingerprint readers etc.

A keyboard for a PDA, in particular, for Palm, is very convenient and takes little space when folded up. The guiding price is 35 euros. Unfortunately, the Sony Clie is not supported yet. I must say that in this trip my Clie died once again; it happened when I tried to delete a program with the timetable of the display's seminars. Well, it seems that Sony products are not the right thing for me. The Palm Vx was a more stable one...

Targus keyboards also arrived, but nothing was shown.

PDA and accessories

Unfortunately, I failed to find Handspring products at the display. The company didn't exhibit. Only once I noticed a Treo.

Although the Treo is not a PDA, it is rather a smartphone, Handspring does not produce traditional PDAs anymore either. By the way, there were a lot of Treo's competitors - O2 and Sharp Zaurus.

The O2 resembles modern smartphones based on PDAs controlled by the Pocket PC2002, except the fact that apart from standard software it includes a utility for synchronization of entries on a SIM card with a PDA's address book. The handling is simple. The stylus is located in the antenna's ledge.

Being quite small, the Sharp Zaurus has a good screen and a handy keypad and plays video and audio files excellently.

The display was glutted with usual PDAs without communicational capabilities. The models differ mainly in design and a set of accessories. Palms controlled by Pocket PC2002 preveiled. I'm not going to show all of them as just few will really enter the market.

The MSI's MS-2500 solution is based on the Intel StrongArm 1110 processors working at 206 MHz, has a 65K reflecting matrix, expansion slots for CompactFlash and SD/MMC cards. Besides, it has a USB host in the synchronization cradle. This is a complete analog of the Casio E200; they models differ only in design.

Here you can look at one more design version from another company; the insides are the same.

FIC unveiled two new PDAs.

The NEC's Palm works also under the Pocket PC2002, but has unusual colors.

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